After having a Samoyed for 13 years prior it took us three years to recover from the grief and loss. When we were finally ready we promised ourselves that we would be very particular. Our last samoyed was a fantastic dog and we loved him very much but he had hip dysplasia and a skin issue that caused us to have to put ointment on his nose daily. He was also extremely shy and it took him an exceedingly long time to warm up to people. We knew that the breed could be prone to health related issues and it was imperative for us to do our due diligence.
We began the task of researching breeders. I called, connected with and reviewed numerous breeders throughout the country. One day, we were driving my daughter from her soccer game I told my husband to stop the car. Startled, he pulled over immediately. Across the street I saw the most beautiful male Samoyed I had ever seen. He was majestically prancing alongside his owners, out for an afternoon stroll. We approached and he was not shy. Far from it, he wanted to play with us! We informed his owners that we were actively looking and they unequivically recommended that we contact Carrie at White Magic. They could not stop talking about how great their dog was, well mannered and absolutely healthy (despite the fact that he was 7 years old).
White Magic had come up in my search but I had been dissuaded by some in "show circles" who tried to convince me that they "breed too much" and that they are "just in it to make money." We decided to research this contention. We were not looking for a "show dog" but we still wanted a genetically sound pup that had a good bloodline, good temperament and most importantly was healthy. As we began to interview other owners they were all consistent in their praise. Like the owners we had encountered in the street, those we spoke with were unanimous in their praise. It was becoming clear that the work that Carrie and her family have done over the past 30 years has yielded fantastic results. None of the "show people" were able to give us specifics other than to critique "the large breeding program." Additionally, as we spoke to them more and more we realized that Carrie's dogs were winning all over the place. This was not as important to us other than the fact that we wanted a Sammy that looked like a Sammy but it certainly helped to explain things as show people are very much known for their competitiveness.
After speaking many hours with Carrie (who was more than happy to impart her 30 years of knowledge) contacting with 5 or 6 owners and reviewing the pedigrees of Carrie's dogs we found that White Magic does indeed have a large breeding program with dogs located all over the world. However, we also found that this breeding program was based upon the desire of many to own a White Magic Samoyeds. More importantly, it became clear to us that Carrie had used her 30 years of experience and knowledge of breeding Samoyed's to perfect her program. She is extremely committed to the breed's health and well being and has done everything to breed to an extremely high standard. The best part for us is that the proof is in the pudding. In March we brought home Rocky who has been nothing short of fantastic! He is a beautiful Samoyed with a fantastic temperament and clean bill of health. We could not be happier and like the other owners that we encountered will recommend Carrie to anybody who will listen!